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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Aloo-Jhine Posto (Ridge gourd With Poppy Seeds)


Although the dishes of Bengal are dominated by non vegetarian preparations who get more prominence, however, there are several veg dishes which are not only superbly tasty but also good for health as well. I remember my visits to Kolkata during summer vacations when my Grandma ( maternal ) prepared this. Even today when I am a mother of a child, she takes my hand, escorts me till the dining table and serves me this dish and many more as if I still am a little girl. Still I long to visit the house when I have a chance to go there. Sigh...

Ingredients:
1kg Ridge gourd (Jhinge)
1 big Potato, cut into cubes and dipped in water with pinch of salt
4 tbsp Poppy seeds (posto)
2-3 Green chilly, slit
1/2 tsp Kalonji (kalo jeera)
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Red chilly powder
Mustard Oil
Salt to taste

Method:
Wash poppy seeds under running water on sieve and soak in warm water for minimum 2-3 hours for best results or atleast for 40 minutes if you are in hurry. Then in a coffee grinder, with little water and 1 green chilly, make a fine paste. This is going to take time as you have to check in between that paste is really fine. We Bengalis have Sheelnora (Grinding Stone) a solid slab and a small bolster shaped stone in our kitchen, a thing which is fast depleting in today's kitchen. Sheelnora is used for grinding spices to a fine powder/ fine paste like consistency with very little water.



Peel, cut ridge gourd in half moon shape. Heat mustard oil (mustard oil imparts a special in this Bong dish) in a heavy bottomed pan and once it reaches smoking point add green chillies, kalo jeera. Add potato and fry for 5 minutes on low heat, stirring in between. Add ridge gourd and saute for few minutes. Sprinkle turmeric, red  powder and stir fry on low flame. Now add the poppy seeds paste, cover and cook.

 Do sprinkle water in between to keep it moistured. Adding too much water will make it mushy, so use water sparingly. When the potatoes are cooked turn off the flame. Transfer to a serving bowl and pour 1 tsp of mustard oil on top and serve. This jhinge-posto goest well with plain rice and Biuli dal. 




34 comments:

  1. Its new to me..Sounds delicious..

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  2. Wow very new to me.... But very tempting n delicious....

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  3. Posto ta toh daruuun hoyeche! Loved this authentic Bengali comfort food, which I grew up eating and admiring! Loved your recipe!!

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  4. wonderful and quite a flavorful dish with ridge gourd

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  5. Wow lucky you still eating with you granny. I am jealous mine are both gone.:( miss them.
    Great veggie

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  6. Looks fab ....loved it ..nice combo

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  7. A unique combo ...looks delsih

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  8. Delicious true side dish love the poppy seed sauce. I always like posto dishes.

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  9. My favorite dish in summer, kolkatai chole eso, bajar e jhinge r jhinge....darun dekhte hoyeche, garam bhate darun lage

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  10. Vey new for me......sounds very interesting,

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  11. Innovative combo and sounds interesting

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  12. looks healthy and delicious!

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  13. Totally New to me. Nice to another traditional bengali style dish to day. looks so yummy.

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  14. Grannies love is just so different. Miss my grannies. Loved this simple dish.

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  15. I was introduced to this by a Bengali friend . I am also told they believe that the poppy usage makes you sleepy! It is a delicious dish

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  16. Super delicious posto, excellent combo..Wish to have some with some rice.

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  17. Very delicious, I've tasted this kind of poppy seeds curry at a friend's place..

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  18. such a great recipe, so so delicious.

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  19. jibhe jol ese gelo ekebare....ah koto din pore :-)

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  20. Such a simple recipe and yet delicious. i love the simple spicing of this posto.

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  21. Posto looks yumm...Whats that biuli dal??

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  22. Wowww.... Loved it... The best thing about you is, u make the simple dishes even more attractive and I am sure more tastier. Amrita

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  23. Delicious curry..never tried this combo with mustard paste.

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  24. So creamy and nice, I have bookmarked couple of your dishes and this one goes in that list too.

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  25. Ghorer kotha mone pore gelo!
    I used to love this dish. I tried making but find it so tough to grind posto!

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  26. Looks creamy... nice... simple but delicious Pesto..... bookmarked.

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  27. Delicious combo of veggie and love the texture to...

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  29. This is a new combination for me, but I like how interesting it sounds and looks delicious.

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  30. New recipe to me..will try next time I buy these veggie! Its our favourite!

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